Review: My Xiaomi Redmi 7 Experience

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My Xiaomi Redmi 7 experience: Three months later, I am attempting a Xiaomi redmi 7 review after using this smartphone for a while. I hope you enjoy reading this.

Xiaomi redmi 7 review

NB: This is really gonna be a long but worthy read, grab your popcorn.

April 30th, 2019, my Xiaomi Redmi 7 landed via Jumia Express exactly 24hrs after I ordered.

It’s three months now and as promised a couple of people, this is a review of the journey so far.

I got the 3gb/32gb version of the phone so my experience may differ slightly from those using the 2gb/16gb version.

In this Xiaomi Redmi 7 review, I’d be focusing on the three most important things the average Nigerian looks for in a phone – Battery life, Camera and Performance.

Before I continue, I’d like to mention that this phone comes with screen protected by corning gorilla glass 5. It would take a really serious fall for this screen to get even a slight crack.
Three months in and there’s no scratch on the screen, not even scratches from keys in my pocket or from occasional falls on tiles and concrete (my house is tiled while my compound has a concrete floor).

The screen is colourful as well, bright and easily operable under direct sunlight, even with 2pm sun, you can press your phone and reply messages comfortably on the road without having to bring the phone close to your eyes and covering a part of it.

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Xiaomi Redmi 7 Battery Life

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For this Xiaomi Redmi 7 review, I made a screenshot to demonstrate the battery life. The first screenshot on this post (shown above)  shows how long it took to drain my battery from 100% to 1%, a fucking 23hrs almost 24hrs.
Check my network signal bar, see the 4G there? Yeah I ran on steady 4G for the whole period.
I played games (online gaming with 4G) for not less than 6 hrs, some phones can’t handle three hours of PUBG and I’d tell you why.

PUBG as a game is very heavy if you download all the resources (3.5gb), it has voice chat feature that allows you chat with your team mates, plan strategies, attack enemies together and move in a planned direction together, so it’s like playing an HD game, streaming a video and making an Internet voice call, all with 4G.
If you play PUBG with 3G, you’d hate yourself.

The second screenshot (below) shows the storage size of my PUBG, check my data usage for this month on PUBG alone, that should give you an idea of how battery, data, storage and power consuming this game is.

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I also watched movies, browsed, chatted, made posts on Facebook and so on.

My data never went off, I didn’t switch to 3G, and I didn’t charge the device at all.

Check the bars at the bottom of the first screenshot.
See my mobile network? Green all through with no reds or breaks in between.
See my charging bar? Totally empty, I didn’t charge.
See the graph? It went all the way down showing constant usage, it only rested when I slept for four hours at night.

If this ain’t a good battery life, I wonder what is.

Xiaomi Redmi 7 Camera

I wish I can drop camera samples here but I’m not a camera freak myself, so please make do without the samples. I could get some samples online but since this is my review, I want it to be as original as possible.

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Camera is great, 12+2mp at the back, 8mp at the front.
For its price, the camera easily defeats every other phone in its price category and some phones above its category.

If you’re techy enough, you could tweak the camera using Google Camera mod (popularly known in the tech circle as Gcam mod).
It’s not a hidden fact that Google Pixel devices parade the best cameras in the smartphone industry, the gcam mod brings the awesomeness of the Pixel cameras to your non-pixel devices.

Xiaomi redmi 7 review

Portrait mode on this phone is as perfect as what’s obtainable on an iPhone device, the blur transition is smooth, the focus is sharp, the object identification is top notch. For its price, I’m in awe.

Once again, I’m sorry I can’t come up with my own camera samples for this Xiaomi Redmi 7 review, but if you really need one you can check out the camera review on YouTube or other review sites.

Xiaomi Redmi 7 Performance

Note: Xiaomi uses their own skin to customize their devices, it’s called MIUI (MI user interface), many phone manufacturers have their own different interfaces, Tecno has HIOS, Infinix has XOS, Huawei has the EMUI, Samsung user interface used to be called TouchWiz but they changed it, replaced it with Experience UI and now they use One UI.
I’d use MIUI to refer to the custom user interface of Xiaomi, please be informed.

One problem people have with MIUI is the numerous bloatware scattered all through the phone (it’s second only to Samsung in number of bloatwares installed). It comes with a lot of pre-installed apps that are most times useless and tend to take away a sizeable chunk of storage which could be painful especially if it’s just a 16gb storage.
Some of these apps include MI community, MI health, MI store (or something), MI Oshodi, MI Abakaliki. Lol!

On the other hand, MIUI is regarded as one of the best UI out there because of its ease to customise and tweak.
It’s beautiful, unique, support for thousands of themes (you can’t exhaust the themes in their store cos new themes are released every day, EVERY DAY!), excess fonts, a wide array of options for settings and most especially second space which is wonderful by the way.

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With second space, you can have two phones in one phone and it’s really amazing especially if you want to maintain a different profile for work and private stuffs , or for side chick and main chick. Hahaha
Maybe one of these days I’d talk about second space but now let’s focus on performance.

As I said earlier, I have the 3gb RAM version, so my performance will definitely be better than someone using the 2gb RAM version.

Due to the presence of bloatwares, a large part of the RAM (over 1gb) is reserved for these apps.
Due to the huge number of apps in my phone, an additional (0.5gb) of the RAM is reserved by the phone for apps that run in the background and apps that start up automatically.
What this means is most times, I have just 1.5gb of RAM to work with and it does its job perfectly.

Many of these bloatwares can be uninstalled though and others that can’t be uninstalled, you can disable them, that way you have more storage and RAM space to work with.
I’m yet to do this on my device though cos I wanted the experience to be as original as possible, be rest assured I’d do that after today.

Apps transition is fluid, multi-tasking is excellent, I could run two heavy online games side by side and none will close.
When I say heavy games I mean PUBG and PES 2019.

Talking about PUBG and PES.

 

There’s NO sub-50k phone in the Nigerian market right now that can handle PES 2019 the way this phone does, none.

For those who are YouTub- savvy, check out the Infinix S4 gaming review by Eric, he’s a Nigerian.
In his PES 2019 gameplay review, the players were flying, no jokes!
And for PUBG, lol, he experienced lags in gameplay.
The Infinix S4 is 49.9k on Slot website as at the time of making this post.

Now why does this phone handle games so well? It’s simple, it’s equipped with a Snapdragon processor, a sd632 to be precise which is a workhorse. For the sake of comparison, the costlier Infinix S4 comes with a Mediatek Helio P22 processor.

Fact: In the world of processors, Snapdragon is the Benz, Mediatek is more like a corolla while Spreatrum (used on some Itel devices) is a mere wheelbarrow.

More on the Xiaomi Redmi 7n Performance

If you are a heavy gamer like me, you’d enjoy this phone.
If it’s movies buff, the wide colourful screen have got you.
Even If you’re just a casual phone user, you’re still covered.

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No lags, apps open quick and multi-tasking is a breeze.

I currently have 11gb worth of games in my phone and no lags.

Kindly note too that this phone hardly gets hot too, it only does get warm to the touch when I manage to play the almighty PUBG for 3-4hrs straight or when you set screen brightness to highest and leave it like that for a prolonged time.
People who don’t use their phones heavily like me won’t experience any heating issue I can promise.

One thing I’ve come to love about the phone is its gestures support, there’s a setting to remove the home, back, and recents button from the screen and replacing with gestures.
This helps with more screen estate and improves the speed with which you get around the phone.

I slide up to go home, I slide from side to go back and then I slide up and hold for a second to open ‘recent apps’.
So sleek, so fast, so responsive and more screen estate.

Xiaomi Redmi 7 Specifications


Display 6.26-inch IPS LCD
720 x 1520 resolution
19:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Dot Notch Display
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 632(14 nm)
Octa-core CPU (8 x 1.8 GHz Kryo 250)
GPU Adreno 506
RAM 2GB/3GB
Storage 32GB/32GB
Expandable with microSD card
Cameras 8MP front camera

Rear camera:
12MP sensor + 2MP depth sensor
1.25μm pixel size
f/2.2 aperture
LED flash

Battery 4,000mAh
10W (5V/2A)
Software Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10
Dimensions and weight 158.65 x 76.43 x 8.47mm
180 grams

Final Verdict

For N47.5k (forty-five thousand naira), this phone is actually performing wonders and keeps surprising me everyday.
It’s worth every dime spent on it.

What I like about the phone: It’s sleek, unique, fast and very light even with a big battery.
In fact, I love everything in the phone.

Personal Cons

  • Xiaomi could do better with the sensitivity of the proximity sensor, you won’t notice it though except you’re my kind of phone user.
  • And I don’t like that it doesn’t come with a earpiece out of the box but I know with time they’d start including earpieces for the Nigerian Market.
    Over there in Asia, they don’t include earpiece in their phones, it’s common with all Chinese manufacturers.

To buy or not to buy? Please buy. It’s worth it, you’re getting more value than what you’re paying for the device.

Any regrets? Yeah, I regret joining the Xiaomi train late, but better late than never, right?

Where to Buy the Xiaomi Redmi 7 Smartphone

Looking for where to get a good deal on the Xiaomi Redmi 7 smartphone? Xiaomi phones are now available on Jumia, Pointek and Raya stores.

If you need a model that ain’t available in Nigeria, you can order directly from China via AliExpress and it will be delivered to the post office closest to you.

Thank you for your time as you read through this Xiaomi Redmi 7 review.

 

 

Peter Okere

A tech-savvy individual passionate about phones and automobiles. He is also a digital content creator who converts random thoughts into well collected writings.

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